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Office Of Student And Community Relations

January 2015
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Rape Aggression Defense Class - FREE

No More Than 4
Recycling Pro-Tips
Frugal in '15
Deadly Item in Your Home

WinterFest! Yes!
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January 2015

Welcome back to campus! This time of year generally has the coldest temperatures and the least amount of sun. If you traveled to a warmer climate over Winter Break, the dip in temperatures probably seems even more dramatic. There is a reason winter is the time of slowing down and hibernation in nature - it takes lots of energy and effort just to stay warm!

We hope this month's newsletter helps keep you going with opportunities for both activism and activity, as well as information and reflection. With the new year comes new goals and dreams - we wish you the best this semester!

R.A.D. Training

for UVM Women

Rape Aggression Defense is a self-defense course being offered by UVM Police Services for all UVM women. It's designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself.

Every Monday in February (2, 9, 16, & 23)
6:00 to 9:00 pm; 12 hour total course time
Registration is FREE, but REQUIRED.

To enroll for the course or for more information, please contact Officer Sue Roberts at or (802) 656-8009.

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You may have noticed that our banner has remained unchanged from last semester. We did that intentionally.

As with most pivotal moments in history, there is always the momentum for "business as usual" once the initial reaction fades. In fact, it can feel like there is no time to continue putting energy into "past" events. Especially with a new semester, new schedule at at work and the daily energy needed to maintain our relationships whether professional or personal.

In this case, the fact remains that the movement that spawned #blacklivesmatter continues to spread and grow because the underlying issues still need to be addressed. And importantly, it continues to need everyone's participation.

We wanted to offer you some support in this issue. If you feel like you don't have a grasp on how to understand and talk about the history/facts/dynamics involved this blog post lays out, step-by-step, many of the most important point about the
Michael Brown case and events in Ferguson in general. Locally, recent articles by the Peace & Justice Center that focus both on the meaning of Ferguson and applying it to our local community in an article entitled, "Undoing Racism in VT's School System". And tomorrow (January 22), the entire UVM community can participate in an event announced as part of activities for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day: a panel discussion featuring the voices of UVM student, staff and, faculty - details below.

Finally, for those of you who are research-oriented, a recent study has found that racist and sexist prejudice and discrimination in the
form of microaggressions are prevalent on all college campuses regardless of region, size, or public/private status - read the full study here.

No More Than Four Unrelated

At this time of the year, students are often still in search of an off-campus apartment for next year. Decisions about location, parking, pets, and a host of other variables make it a complicated process. Finding affordable housing as a student is difficult, so much so that it is hot topic in the upcoming Burlington mayoral race.

One way many students make rental units more affordable is by splitting the cost among as many roommates as possible. However, it is important to keep in mind that in some cases this simply isn't legal and can lead to finding yourself in a difficult situation.

Burlington ordinances that cover housing in Burlington specifically limit the number of residents in some rental units to "no more than four unrelated persons".

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Recycling: Pro Tips

You want to be good to the earth. But with all the time it takes to cook from scratch and your busy academic schedule, you might be tempted to buy inexpensive, pre-packaged, frozen meals. There are plenty of reasons not to, including this little known fact about that packaging it comes in. The Chittenden Solid Waste District's website has a some important information to add to your considerations.

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Frugal in '15

Those who make New Year's resolutions often find those resolutions hard to stick to. Part of the problem is not being realistic about your goals. Being more frugal is always in the top ten for resolutions. Here is an article written by a college student on apartment therapy about the benefits of a frugal lifestyle - it even ties into the problem of those pesky, frozen pizza boxes from the previous article.

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Deadly Item in Your Home

What do you think the most dangerous object in your home is? The one that could cause your premature death? It's not in your fridge or your tool box. It's your chair! A new study gets to the bottom of the health effects of sitting for long periods of time. If you think your rigorous workout routine protects you, prepare to be disappointed.

From Student Life:


...begins next week, January 26 - 31! Mark your calendars!

WinterFest is a week or two of activities welcoming students back to campus after break (yup, it’s similar to Week of Welcome). Event highlights: the renown Banff Mountain Film Festival, Winter Carnival (brought to you by the UVM Program Board, Ski and Snowboard Club, & Fraternity and Sorority Life), a keynote address by Kevin Pearce, UVM home hockey and basketball games, Ski + Ride Weekend, Crafts + Snacks, sledding, and more. Check it out!

For a complete list of UVM WinterFest events, check out UVM Bored!

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Up for an Adventure?

CarShare Vermont is recruiting a team of fun, socially minded, and well-connected individuals under the age of 35 to take four FREE trips this winter and photo-document their adventures along the way.

Interested? Find out more and apply at

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Have a great idea for a story, want to suggest us to cover something, or want to submit something for consideration? Just click the link below!
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Contact Us

Whether you have a specific issue, want to make some tea before class, or are just curious about what we're up to - please stop by Pearl House and let us help make your off-campus experience successful, positive, and empowering.

We are located at 12 Colchester Avenue - next to John Dewey Hall and in front of the Outing Club.

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